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Denglisch and Germany's War of Words
It is a popular, even trendy, German English language mixture,but "Denglisch", doesn't thrill everyone, and has a few powerful opponents. Some of the most commonly used words and phrases have been banned for use in many official offices and documents.

Three Kings Day, Epiphany in Germany
January 5 is Twelfth Night and followed by "Dreikönigstag", Three Kings Day. Epiphany. In Germany those final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season, and end to Christmas celebrations, are a mixture of Tradition, Charity, Religion and Folklore.

Three Kings Day Cake Recipe
Dreikoenigstag, Epiphany, brings to an end the Christmas season. In many regions of Germany, and German speaking countries, one of the day's traditions is a King's Cake with the crowning as "King for the Day" of whoever finds the Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.

Celebrating New Year in Germany
A New Year's Eve in Germany. Traditions old, new, some based on customs from the pagan past and all designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one. "Silvester", and how it is celebrated in Germany.

Feuerzangenbowle, a Traditional Hot Punch Recipe
Germany’s Feuerzangenbowle, Flaming Fire Tongs Punch, made with red wine, rum and sugar flambé, is not only a traditional Christmas and New Year’s drink but a favorite throughout the winter and holiday season.

Christmas in Germany
Christmas Eve, "Heiligabend", is not only the most eagerly awaited but also the most significant of Germany's Twelve Days of Christmas. "Weihnachten" - filled with celebration and age old customs. A rich and colorful mix of the religious, secular, traditional, folk and...food.

German Christmas Cookie Recipes
Vanilla Crescents and Cinnamon Stars are two of the most popular Weihnachts Plaetzen. Traditional "Holiday Cookies", or Weihnachtskekse, which are a central and indispensable part of a Christmas in Germany.

Germany's Prehistoric Solar Observatory
Solstice was an important seasonal midpoint celebration for the pre-history agricultural civilization that 7,000 years ago created Germany's Goseck Circle. It pre-dates Stonehenge by at least two millennia and is probably the world's oldest solar observatory.

Currywurst, Germany's Sausage and Sauce, a Recipe
For many Germans life without Currywurst is unthinkable. Grilled sausage with curry sauce, it's an iconic fast food snack enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to city streets, as well as a favorite photo opportunity for Presidents and Prime Ministers. Authentic recipe for the special sauce.

Germany's Christmas Markets, Weihnachtsmaerkte
Advent in Germany and the traditional "Weihnachtsmaerkte" begin to open. Famous the world over the Christmas Markets, with their enchanting nostalgic atmosphere and delicious seasonal aromas, are an intrinsic and unforgettable part of the German holiday season.

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